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Gerald Francis Fitzgerald Gerald Francis Fitzgerald, of Barrington Hills, Ill. and Naples, Fla., died Oct. 30, 2010, at age 85. He was born July 6, 1925 in Chicago. Mass for Mr. Fitzgerald will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness, Ill. Interment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine, Ill. Visitation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine. He was a graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. Mr. Fitzgerald served in the European Theatre during World War II as a U.S. Army sergeant in the Combat Engineers. After the war, he completed his college education at Northwestern University, where he received a B.S. in commerce. In 1961, he founded the Suburban Bank Group of Palatine, Ill. which eventually grew to 13 banks and 31 locations before merging with Bank of Montreal's Harris Bank in 1994. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Marjorie Gosselin Fitzgerald, whom he married in 1949 after meeting at Northwestern; sons, Gerald F. Fitzgerald Jr. (married to Denise McMahon Fitzgerald), an Illinois banker; James G. Fitzgerald (married to Jane Rabyk Fitzgerald), a Wisconsin and Colorado banker; attorney Thomas G. Fitzgerald (married to Joyce Mancari Fitzgerald) a New Mexico and Colorado banker; his daughter, Julie Ann Fitzgerald, an art historian; former U.S. Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald (married to Nina Kerstiens Fitzgerald), founder of a bank in McLean, Va.; and nine grandchildren, Andrew (married to Carolyn Hovde Fitzgerald), Lauren, Timothy, Elyse, Thomas Jr., Celine, Marguerite, Jake and Shannon. His parents, John J. and Olivia Trader Fitzgerald, his brothers, John and Alan, and his sister, Jean Fitzgerald Swanson, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of Mr. Fitzgerald's favorite charities, the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067. For more information, call 847-359-8020 or go to www.smithcorcoran.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2010
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